Over at the Dread Central website this morning they got the exclusive reveal of the next series of Walking Dead Minimates, which include some much wanted versions of popular characters as well as some new characters!
The fifth series of The Walking Dead Minimates picks up where
Series 4 left off at the end of the prison storyline with a few all-new
characters as well as new versions of the popular lead characters. The
four two-packs include the first-ever Minimate of Maggie with a new
Glenn in riot gear; a new, non-battle-damaged Tyreese with Michonne in
her prison clothes; an unhinged Morgan with the new Geek Zombie; and a
rare one-per-case variant set of Woodbury spy Martinez with Geek Zombie!
Each Minimate mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of
articulation and a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories,
including hats, hair, and weapons!
So tis the season again over on the Minimate Multiverse website...the annual Secret Santa event! Once again I happily took part in this event as it is an excellent way to spread the love around with some awesome like minded people. My 'child' this year had a list that was really easy to tackle and I had no problem filling a box of goodness that they proclaimed to be great once it was received.
Today I almost skipped picking up the mail as I was already out the door without keys for the post office box but something told me I should...my Minimate sense was tingling and even though I wasn't expecting a package I went for it. I was pleasantly surprised to find a parcel card in the mail box and when the package was addressed to 'miniJeff' I had a sneaking suspicion that it may be my present. Popping it open I found all 4 sets of 2 packs for the TRU The Wolverine wave, Superior Spidey/Electro(Spocks eyes were dead on perfect!), Robot Hulk/Rescue and the Hawkeye/Widow packs from TRU 17 and last but not least a loose Nightcrawler. It was the Nightcrawler that sealed the deal to it being my Secret Santa gift! Also in the box was a picture of a bowl of sour cream, or it could be whipped cream but my brain clicked to it being the clue to who my Santa was...whiter than sour cream - big thanks to Multiverse member Fwooshyman!!!
newest animated DVD is a tale of two titanic team-ups! On the one hand, you've
got Iron Man and Hulk teaming up to save the Earth from science's greatest
monsters, and on the other hand you've got Marvel and Diamond Select Toys
teaming up to make some awesome Minimates. Starting today, everyone who buys
the Blu-Ray or DVD of Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United will get a code they
can redeem for a free Iron Man Minimate and an exclusive two-pack!
Based on his appearance in the animated film, the new Iron Man Minimate
includes a removable helmet and an alternate Tony Stark hair piece, and is free
(with $2.59 shipping and handling) when you redeem your coupon code. Plus,
code-holders also have the option of buying two more exclusive Minimates --
Hulk in Iron Man Armor and Hulkbuster Iron Man -- for an additional $9.99.
Order the DVD from your favorite comic shop or movie store, then check out more.marvel.com
for more information and to redeem your code!
This next part is by far one of my crown
jewels of this display.Late last year I
had this brainwave of an idea to get Minimate art work done on those handy
blank variant covers Marvel (as well as other companies) have started
doing.At first I was trying to figure
out how to get photos printed on them as well as other ways to do it
myself.Then I met grade 8 student in
one of the schools I was teaching in and he had some great artistic
skills.I ended up checking out more of
his work and then got him to draw something based on a photo of some Minimates.
He did a good job so I hit him up with
some of these covers, keep in mind some of the early ones he hadn’t actually
seen a Minimate in person so to speak, just in my photos.After he had done a few for me and I had
collected a small pile of the covers I had the idea for this museum show and
then all the ideas came crashing together and I set out to find artistic
Minimate fans to do some fan art on the covers for the show.I sent some 27ish covers out, fully aware
they all may not come back but since the show was not till November and I
started sending them out in February I hoped to have a few back for it.Some of the high lights include pieces by
Minimate co-creator Nelson Asencio, Jeff Stephen, Barry Bradfield and Zach Oat –
all of Diamond Select Toys! I was lucky enough to get some amazing art back, a
total of 17 made it for the show with others still coming – which is great
since I have another plan for these Minimate comic covers that will hopefully
play out next year!
Also part of this section are some pieces
done by Don Brosius (yes he was awesome at offering up some of his collection
of art for this, thanks a million Don!).Don had done 2 individual pencil studies of five different Minimates,
one showing their early original release and the second showing the newest
version, all bulked up to help show their size better!He then combined the 2 onto a full colour
digital print.He sent all three
versions of the 5 Minimates he did, although space meant I could only use three
of them so I had the hard task of narrowing that down!
I am hoping to get a video tour of the
display done and up soon too and in the new year once everything comes home
each of the comic covers I collected during this will get their own day of
Next up in this display is some of the
control art that is used in designing the Minimates.On the bottom of the big display case is an
assortment of the design sheets actual pencils by the artists involved with
designing them.Some of these sheets are
mine while others are on loan from Don Brosius.I really like seeing these sheets, especially some of the really
detailed ones like the Brood Wolverine or the warp portal from the newest
Silver Surfer.On the small table beside
the big case is a hardcover book that I made specifically for this show.In it is a collection of the finalized
control art, fully rendered and coloured, which have been released by DST in
promoting new waves as well as some older ones that I got through the
interviews I conducted last year on the blog.One of the neatest parts of the control art in this display, (in my
opinion anyways), is the combination of Alpha Flight Minimates with their
corresponding Minimates.I managed to
get the control art for the 8 Minimates that were part of the 2 Alpha Flight
box sets and since I am giving away Minimates from those sets to visitors of
the display I thought this would be an awesome addition to the show!